Matt Fishman Pottery
Handmade functional wares utilizing local materials from Northern California
I make functional ceramics for use in restaurants and homes. I hope that by adding handmade tableware and home items to everyday activities such as eating, drinking, or relaxing, people can more fully appreciate these experiences and connect with the craft behind them. I pride myself in using local materials as often as possible, and a portion of my work is nearly 100% locally sourced/foraged. Having a background in the restaurant industry has greatly shaped how I approach making food and beverage vessels. I take care in crafting my work so that it is as functional and durable as possible under frequent use, and can continue to serve its purpose for as long as possible. Aesthetically, I strive for earthy and deep yet subtle surfaces to harmonize with the dishes being served and allowing the colors of the food to stand out.
Much of my work is made using clays and glaze materials sourced and foraged near my home in Northern California. Several times a year I will make a trip to the Sierra foothills to collect a refractory clay that makes up the majority of my clay body. Rocks, minerals, and plant ashes are also found throughout the area to be used in glaze making. I process these in small batches, allowing various "impurities" to remain. While industrial ceramics remove these for a more consistent product, I leave them in to make for a dynamic end result, full of character and variation. By utilizing local materials I hope to give a sense of place and celebrate the geology unique to this region, much the same as farmers or vintners do with food and drink.